In academia, and especially STEM, we often think that our mathematical expertise and love for objective reasoning immunizes us and our work to inherent biases toward people of a different race, sex, national origin, disability status, or citizenship. Unfortunately, such discriminatory mindsets sometimes exist in our profession today and negatively influence actions toward others. It is our responsibility to work toward justice for all.
Therefore, every member of the d’Arbeloff Lab commits to the following:
- Recruit members of underrepresented groups to join our lab, including sending lab members to attend diversity in STEM conventions, such as NSBE or SACNAS
- Participate in community outreach such as the Cambridge Science Festival and MIT Summer Research Program
- Discuss and vote on whether to publicly endorse petitions like those of the MIT Black Graduate Student Association and the MIT MechE DEI Working Group as a lab
As engineers, we have a responsibility to the world to design and create tools that improve life. Independent action is necessary for the collective change that is due. It is therefore our responsibility to fairly present underrepresented voices in STEM.